The last words said by Black youth murdered by policemen.
Stuff and fings
Apparently, in an attempt to paint Michael Brown as anything less than innocent, people have been spreading an image of an armed 17-year-old Joda Cain around the web and claiming that it’s Michael Brown.
Joda Cain is accused of murder in my home state of Oregon, and has literally jack shit to do with the Michael Brown murder in Ferguson, Missouri. THESE ARE NOT THE SAME PEOPLE. Anyone using the above image as “proof” that Michael Brown “deserved” to be shot should be called out for defamation, and promptly thrown down a spiral staircase.
The bottom photo is the real Michael Brown. He was called a “gentle giant” by friends and family. He was unarmed and innocent, and he was murdered by a police officer after being shot more than seven times at close range. Witnesses, including a friend who was with him at the time of the shooting, all agree that he was doing nothing deserving of such violent actions from the officer who gunned him down.
After a long uphill battle since getting Greenlit in January, Depression Quest was planned to, and approved for, launch on Steam today. Literally minutes after we got the notification, beloved actor Robin Williams was found dead from a suspected suicide after a long…
Nine Worlds was quite the thing.
Relevantly to what you lot have been putting up with, my Watchmen speech seemed to go down quite well. I was basically a ball of wired energy throughout. That I’m wearing Alexander McQueen, with eyeliner courtesy of Laurie Penny, stinking of Marlboro Lights and controlling the slideshow with finger-clicks made it feel really oddly WicDiv, in terms of performance as art.
I’m thinking about how to get a version of it online. I have some thematic tweaks I want to add to join some sections together, and actually maybe learn the fucker (I was doing slides up until half an hour before actually doing the panel). I was thinking it could just be slides and voice, but I suspect it works better with me moving around the stage like a crap Ian Curtis.
Though with my schedule, god knows when it could get online, y’know?
Spurrier killed, btw. Hmm. Maybe one of the London Comic shops has a projector and space, and would be okay with a quick COMIC WRITERS ON COMICS? Hmm.
Nine Worlds. Not sure what to say. In many ways, it feels a little like one of the Warren Ellis elements in Transmet - the Farsight community, a petri dish for the future of fandom. Last year was raw and beautiful. This year was actually pretty damn slick, but clearly running on the sort of intense high-pressure-molten-steel-for-blood need for this to be what we want it to be. If the track runners don’t literally explode, next year will be even better. Love to them all. Just spent the last half hour following a bunch of new, fascinating people I crossed paths with, and I’m sure I’ve forgot more.
Because I was having a tired and emotional weekend. 2am, 6am, 4am.
For me, felt like the end of a chapter. Onwards.
(Photo shamelessly stolen from Will Brooker)
Girls from Mars Issue 0 Remix: Monica’s Story
Oh hey, a comic! I finally found time to start making shorter ones again.
So, the original plan was I was going to upload the six short strips from issue 0, which was released almost a year ago at this point. It was a good way to get some content up quickly while I worked on other stuff, plus they all sold out so I wanted some place people could still see it. However, one look through it and I realised that issue 0 has not aged gracefully. She was made in a short time frame under less than favourable circumstances.
So the next idea was to take the old pencils and ink and colour them digitially. The pencils just weren’t good though, so I just went “fuck it” and started the whole thing from scratch. So what was intended as a short stop-gap has now become my next project. I don’t mind though, I really like this stories and wouldn’t mind fixing some stuff up in them. I’ve included the original for comparisons sake.
So onto the actual comic!
This is one a lot of people seemed to relate to whenever I showed them it, so that was good. Nothing worse than an icebreaker, and boy, did the groups I used to go to love icebreakers.
Comic wise, It is a very cheap and easy way to introduce all my characters at once, and in a sort of natural way. That’s why this was the first story. It’s not the most dynamic one, but sometimes people sit at tables. It’s my job to make people bored out of their skulls look as interesting as possible. I hope I did an alright job.
Changes wise, this is probably the one that’s going to get changed the least. Other than Mel and Jessie’s wardrobe changes, it was mostly minor script changes, a typo fix and just making it look nicer in general.
One thing I tried out was to give each character a different background colour when they’re the focus. It helps keep the comic a bit more visually lively, instead of all the backgrounds being brown or something. It was tough to get tones that weren’t too distracting (green is the worst!). The colours also change depending on their current mood, which I hope comes across.
So yeah, that was a lot of words for what was basically "Hey guys, I’m redoing the first comic I made and posting it here!"